Sunstroke and heatstroke
Spending too much time at a high temperature can cause dehydration. This can cause a sunstroke. A sunstroke can develop into a heatstroke. This is a life-threatening condition in which the body is unable to regulate its temperature.
Symptoms of a sunstroke
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle cramps
- Pale, clammy skin
- Dilated pupils
- Normal or slightly raised temperature
Symptoms of a heatstroke
- High fever, sometimes up to 41 °C
- Warm, dry, red skin
- Constricted pupils
- A fast pulse and difficulty breathing
Ultimately, confusion and loss of consciousness can occur. The risk is greater for young children, the elderly and people with health conditions.
Drink plenty of water when it is warm, even if you are not thirsty.
Avoid the full sun.
Avoid intense exertion at high temperatures.